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Reviving History: A Journey Through Restoring the Classic 1966-1977 Ford Bronco


The Allure of the Early Bronco's 1966-1977

The Ford Bronco first rolled off the production line in 1966, capturing the hearts of enthusiasts with its compact size and versatile capabilities. Over the years, the Bronco evolved, but it's the early models, such as the 1966 and 1970 versions, that hold a special place in the hearts of collectors and aficionados.

The Bronco Restoration Journey Begins

 Restoring a classic Ford Bronco is not just about fixing up an old vehicle; it's a labor of love and a commitment to preserving automotive history. Whether it's a 1974 Bronco or a 1977 Bronco model, the restoration process typically involves several key steps:


Before diving into restoration work, a thorough assessment of the Bronco's condition is essential. From the frame to the tub, every component must be carefully inspected to determine the extent of restoration needed.

Sourcing a 66-77 Ford Bronco Body Parts

Finding authentic parts for a vintage Bronco can be a challenge.  The popularity of this beloved build has given Rust Belt Broncos, now Rust Belt Offroad the opportunity to save customer's time and money.  Our 66-77 Bronco Tubs, which we were the first to introduce to the market at SEMA over ten years ago, give customer's peace of mind in knowing that even though their bodies may be beyond restoration, they can still have the dream build they always wanted.  The Bronco tubs we produce for the 1966-1977 models, are built on custom fixtures and spot welded to ensure proper fitment and gaps, just like the originals.


Restoring a Ford Bronco requires skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail. From bodywork to mechanical repairs, each step of the restoration process demands precision and expertise.  

Tips for a Successful Bronco Restoration

For those embarking on a Bronco restoration project, here are some valuable tips to keep in mind:


Take the time to research the specific model year of your Bronco and familiarize yourself with its unique features and quirks.

Budget Wisely

Restoring a classic vehicle can be costly, so it's essential to set a realistic budget and prioritize expenses accordingly.  If you find that your Classic Bronco requires an extreme amount of body work, it is sometimes more cost efficient to replace the body with one of our replacement tubs.

Document Everything

 Keep detailed records of your restoration project, including photos, receipts, and notes. Not only does this help track progress, but it also adds to the vehicle's provenance.

 Finding Expert Help

 While DIY restoration projects can be rewarding, sometimes it's best to leave it to the professionals. Fortunately, there are numerous restoration shops specializing in early Bronco restoration, offering expertise, experience, and access to rare parts. As always, Rust Belt Broncos / Rust Belt Offroad is always available to discuss options with you.  We can even incorporate some of your original parts into our 66-77 Bronco replacement tubs!

 Preserving the Legacy 

As the demand for classic Ford Broncos continues to grow, so does the community of enthusiasts dedicated to preserving these automotive icons. Whether it's a meticulously restored 1966 Bronco or a lovingly maintained 1977 model, each vehicle tells a story of adventure, craftsmanship, and the enduring spirit of the open road.

In conclusion, restoring a classic Ford Bronco is more than just a hobby; it's a tribute to automotive history and a celebration of timeless design. With dedication, patience, and a passion for craftsmanship, enthusiasts around the world are keeping the spirit of the Bronco alive for generations to come.

As you know, we offer 1966-1977 Ford Bronco Reproduction Bodies. If you are interested in one of our builds, then start your journey here 1966-1977 Bronco Bodies — Rust Belt OffRoad. We can also build to suit your needs. Please see our order estimate form or you can call always contact us by phone at (330)533-4757 or by email 

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